“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” ― Leonard Bernstein♫
Music theory is the study of the elements of music. In this discipline, you’ll learn everything from music reading and writing, to chord progressions and the scales. You will also analyze music to discover how each element functions. Simply put, music theory is truly the “science” of music! A portion of each lesson will be dedicated to music theory.
Sometimes to move forward you have to look back! Music history is very important in understanding how music is constructed. Each course has a portion dedicated to music history. You will have assigned listening and a bit of research throughout the course.
The discipline of sight-singing is one of the most interactive portions of each course. You will be given melodies and asked to sing them given a starting pitch. Naturally there are many levels of difficulty. Even if you don’t enjoy singing, this discipline is quite fun and very beneficial when building your musical “ear.”
Music is a great way to worship! We take a Biblical approach to build wisdom in music that can serve to aim your gifts and talents in the right direction♫
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Music Technology is a fantastic portion of the classes. Many young musicians currently use technology in composing/performing/recording music. Music tech includes sampling, looping, step-recording, multi-track recording, audio engineering, live audio, etc… If you want to learn how these technologies are used or you just need help with what you are already doing, this section of the course will give you a chance to experience and train with contemporary music-making techniques.
One of the most important parts of learning music is listening to good music. Sometimes you just need someone to point you in the right direction. Each lesson has assigned listening that is intended to solidify its main idea. In addition, research gives you a way to deeply understand the context in which the music is/was made.
There is so much to learn!… But you’ll need to apply it somewhere!! Music composition brings together all of the concepts that are being taught in other ares of the course. Usually this section is reserved for the end of the course and brings together all of the other disciplines. Song-writing/arranging can be fun if you have a clear goal in mind!♫